Warm weather this week

Warm weather this week

Winter will take a break in Houston this work week with an abundance of sunshine, highs in the 70s, and lows in the 40s.
There's a Reason Hillary Clinton Ha...

There's a Reason Hillary Clinton Has Been M.I.A. Lately

At a time when many potential 2016 presidential contenders appear to be starting the ignition of their campaigns, Hillary Clinton has pressed the brake pedal.
Jury seated for Aaron Hernandez tri...

Jury seated for Aaron Hernandez trial

A jury has been seated for the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.
Asteroid 1,800 feet across to pass ...

Asteroid 1,800 feet across to pass by Earth on Monday

An asteroid up to 1,800 feet across is headed Earth's way. But don't worry: It will miss us by 745,000 miles, about three times the distance between Earth and the moon.
WWII veteran trying to prove to the...

WWII veteran trying to prove to the IRS that he's still alive

When the 94-year-old tried to file his taxes last year, the IRS sent him back a letter rejecting his return because he's dead. He's not.
Beckham Jr. affected by hamstring

Beckham Jr. affected by hamstring

New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. revealed following Sunday's Pro Bowl that he is still affected by a hamstring injury.


Luxury senior living community move...

Luxury senior living community moves forward on new tower

The Buckingham, a senior living community along Woodway Drive, will begin construction on a $56 million tower in the third quarter of 2015. The Tower at Buckingham, as it will be called, will feature 187 new residences including 104 independent living apartment homes, 33 assisted living suites, 18 memory care residences and 32 private skilled nursing rooms, according to a statement. The independent living homes will be offered in one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. As the population has continued?
Portland VC firm opens office in Ho...

Portland VC firm opens office in Houston, eyes TMC

Allegory Venture Partners, a Portland-based venture capital firm that focuses on health care and life sciences, has chosen Houston for its second location. The group specifically targets early-stage companies that focus on health technology, medical devices and other health services, said Thomas DeSouza, an Allegory Ventures partner and managing director for the fund's Houston's operations. Allegory Venture Partners is in the process of raising a $100 million fund, the Portland Business Journal,?
Are you about to terminate your 202...

Are you about to terminate your 2020 leaders?

We're all familiar with Aesop's fable about the grasshopper and the ant. During good times, smart companies act like ants, planning in the summer for the hard winter by retaining and career tracking their future leaders. Other companies are like grasshoppers, living for the moment and giving little thought to the future. High oil prices can cover up a lot of inefficiencies and create less urgency about looking to the future. The news broke earlier this year of oil prices falling below $50 per barrel,?
Op-ed: Eliminating Prop 1 may worse...

Op-ed: Eliminating Prop 1 may worsen Houston?s fiscal problems

To address the city of Houston's unsustainable fiscal trajectory, several current and aspiring elected officials have proposed increasing property taxes. They seem to view the city's chronic deficits of more than a decade as a revenue problem? not a spending problem ? despite record levels of revenues most years. Their solution: Get even more revenue. To do so, however, will require repealing the cap on property tax revenues known as Proposition 1, or Prop 1, which is a charter amendment approved?
Exclusive: Fast-growing Houston tec...

Exclusive: Fast-growing Houston tech company expands Austin presence with acquisition

Centre Technologies, a Houston-based information technology company, started 2015 off with a bang as it announced Jan. 20 it acquired Austin-based RITC LLC earlier this month. RITC is a managed-services company that focuses on cloud integration for small businesses and health care companies. Centre Technologies landed on the Houston Business Journal's Fast Tech list in 2014 at No. 6 and is in the top 10 for the Houston-area's largest women-owned businesses. It was also one of Houston's fastest-growing?
Houston software company names CFO

Houston software company names CFO

Pros Holdings Inc. (NYSE: PROS), a Houston-based software company, announced Jan. 16 that it added Stefan Schulz as its new executive vice president and CFO. Schulz replaced Charles Murphy who retired in February after 16 years with the company, a statement said. "Schulz is a great leader with an extraordinary reputation and background, who brings extensive experience in public software companies," said Andres Reiner, Pros president and CEO, in a statement. "As we continue to scale our business,?

Chron sports

Texans owner Bob McNair reporte...

Texans owner Bob McNair reportedly said most concussions didn’t occur in NFL

A new profile of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the challenges his leadership has faced this season has been published by GQ. In the report, Texans owner Bob McNair is quoted dismissing the NFL?s lingering concussion issue, saying most of the head injuries didn?t occur in the NFL: By the summer of 2013, Goodell was determined to put Bountygate and the broader concussion issue behind him. He held a series of meetings with team owners in New York and persuaded them to settle the class-action lawsuit brought by more than 5,000 players who were seeking financial payouts for concussion-related conditions such as Alzheimer?s, dementia, and depression. Goodell argued that while [...]
Lakers can’t handle James...

Lakers can’t handle James Harden as Rockets cruise in L.A.

LOS ANGELES ? As James Harden toyed with his hometown team, setting up teammates for open looks and taking a few for himself, Harden?s greatest challenge seemed to be deciding between all the ways he had to tear through the Lakers? defense. He could drive to the rim or pull up. He could set up Rockets big men inside or fire passes to open shooters outside. He could do pretty much whatever he wished, challenged more than anything just to take the Lakers seriously. Mismatches happen, and for the Lakers they will happen often as they almost certainly make their way through the rest of the season without Kobe Bryant [...]
J.J. Watt shines amongst peers ...

J.J. Watt shines amongst peers at Pro Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. ? Call the Pro Bowl just another typical day at the office for Texans All-Universe defensive end J.J. Watt. After intercepting a pass and forcing a fumble before a crowd of 63,225 at University of Phoenix Stadium, Watt was voted Defensive Player of the Game, earning him an SUV from GMC. ?The Pro Bowl?s all about having fun,? Watt said after his Team Carter lost 32-28 to Team Irvin. ?I wish we?d won, but it?s pretty cool to leave here with a new truck.? Watt, designated as a team captain in his third consecutive Pro Bowl, may have had more fun than any player. Watt was joined by [...]
Rockets reflect on latest Kobe ...

Rockets reflect on latest Kobe Bryant injury

Rockets center Dwight Howard pointed to a wall in the Windward School gym where the words ?Hall of Fame? celebrated the stars of Windward Wildcats athletic history. For a moment, however, they made a point. ?I think that will be his legacy over there,? Howard said of former Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant. ??Hall of Fame.? Kobe Bryant.? Howard said he was disappointed to hear of the torn rotator cuff that is expected to end Bryant?s season. Bryant has played in just 41 games in the two seasons since Howard signed with the Rockets, coming back from Achilles and knee injuries before going out last week with the shoulder injury. ?I [...]
Byron Scott holds different fee...

Byron Scott holds different feelings towards former on-court foe Kevin McHale these days

To Lakers coach Byron Scott, seeing Rockets coach Kevin McHale still brings memories of the NBA Finals battles between the Lakers and Celtics. Having McHale around, however, no longer stirs the same emotions. ?Everybody remembers the ?80s when he wore that green and white,? Scott said. ?I?ll never forget that. Kevin is no different. Cedric (Maxwell,) when we go to Boston, he?s working radio and television. When I see them, it always goes back to the ?80s, but I don?t have that dislike or hate for them, anymore. I like Kevin. He?s a good guy. Asked if that meant he had forgiven McHale for the hard foul he laid on [...]
Video: Moody Gardens penguins m...

Video: Moody Gardens penguins make Super Bowl pick

Birds of a feather flock together. The penguins of Moody Gardens have made their Super Bowl prediction, and they?ll stick with their feathered friends.


Crusade over shoddy drug tests

Crusade over shoddy drug tests

Review one lawyer's fight vs. Harris County probation officials.

2 charged in drug ring involving '...

2 charged in drug ring involving 'purple drank'

Two Houston men have been charged in a narcotics trafficking operation where prescription drugs, including the cough syrup nicknamed "purple drank," were sent from Los Angeles to Houston for sale on the black market, federal authorities said.

Bilski, Schubert advance to HD1...

Bilski, Schubert advance to HD13 runoff

State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham AUSTIN ? Former Austin County Judge Carolyn Bilski and Caldwell attorney Leighton Schubert are heading to a runoff in the race to replace former state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst. Neither Bilski nor Schubert ? both Republicans ? captured more than half the vote Tuesday to win outright in the special election for House District 13, which includes parts of seven counties west of the Houston area. Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, vacated the seat after securing a promotion to the upper chamber last month. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Schubert had 43 percent of the vote to Schubert?s 33 percent. Gov.-elect Greg Abbott is expected to schedule the runoff [...]
A week back from West Africa, Fort...

A week back from West Africa, Fort Hood soldier found dead

SAN ANTONIO - A Fort Hood soldier who had returned last week from West Africa, where U.S. troops have been working to help stop the spread of Ebola, was found dead outside his home Tuesday, but initial tests showed he did not have the virus. "[...] in time, there is no indication the Ebola virus was involved here, but we are conducting medical tests to ensure there is no threat to the community," Army spokesman Don Peters said. The Centers for Disease Control and Texas Department of State Health Services were notified of the soldier's death, but neither organization sent anyone to Killeen. Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith said a hazardous materials team was sent out "because we did not know his cause of death."
Dewhurst bids farewell to the S...

Dewhurst bids farewell to the Senate

Lt. Gov David Dewhurst An emotional David Dewhurst addressed the Texas Senate for the last time as lieutenant governor at the opening day of the 84th Legislature on Tuesday. The Senate voted unanimously to pass SR 2, a resolution honoring Dewhurst, who has served as lieutenant governor for 12 years. Dewhurst wiped his face with a handkerchief before addressing the legislative body, after hearing remarks from several senators. ?Your comments were so nice, I lost my contact,? he said. Dewhurst sought re-election to his long-held post, but lost the Republican primary election to Lt. Gov. elect Dan Patrick, who will be sworn in on Jan. 20. Dewhurst said he was [...]
Cruz-allied conservatives in Ho...

Cruz-allied conservatives in House could turn away from Flores, sharpening GOP divisions

U.S. House Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan Republican divisions in Congress show signs of intensifying in the coming weeks as some GOP House members allied with Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz consider breaking away from the Republican Study Committee (RSC), a conservative group led by Bryan Republican Bill Flores. Members of the splinter group told the National Journal that they have been in discussions to form a separate group to exert rightward pressure on House Speaker John Boehner, whom some conservatives consider too moderate. The group reportedly was scheduled to meet with Cruz on Tuesday, although Cruz himself has not been involved in the new organization, according to a Cruz aide. [...]


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